|Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb|
Lochgilphead shown within Argyll and Bute
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||Argyll and Bute|
|Lieutenancy area||Argyll and Bute|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||PA30 - 31|
|UK Parliament||Argyll and Bute|
|Scottish Parliament||Argyll and Bute|
Lochgilphead // (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb [kʲʰan̪ˠ lˠ̪ɔx ˈkʲilip]) is a town and former burgh in Argyll, Scotland, with a population of around 2,300 people. It is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute. The village lies at the end of Loch Gilp (itself a branch of Loch Fyne) and lies on the banks of the Crinan Canal. Lochgilphead sits on the A83 road, Ardrishaig is 2 miles South and Inveraray 24 miles North East, Oban lies 37 miles North on the A816.
Lochgilphead's facilities include a swimming pool, sports centre, fishing tackle shop, three banks, supermarket, Renault dealership, a community hospital run by the local GPs, psychiatric hospital, 9-hole golf course, bowling club, a hydrotherapy pool, a regional landfill site at Dunchologan and Lochgilphead High School.
- 1 History
- 2 Education
- 3 Healthcare
- 4 Sports and leisure
- 5 Community and culture
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Since then some important developments have led to the growth of the town.
The town was linked to Oban, when a road was completed in 1830.
1831 a pier was built, which helped to link Lochgilphead with Glasgow and other major towns.
In 1975 Lochgilphead was chosen as the administrative headquarters of the Argyll and Bute District Council as part of local government reorganisation, due to its central location.
In the Forest of Achnabreck there are a large group of cup and ring marks.
Lochgilphead Joint Campus is sited on the outskirts of the town and has a capacity of 727, with the Secondary School section drawing pupils from the wider Mid Argyll area. The Campus opened in October 2007, replacing the separate Primary School and High School.
Argyll College has two sites in Lochgilphead, one in Lorne Street, and the purpose built Construction Skill Centre in Kilmory Industrial Estate.
There are two Hospitals in Lochgilphead :
The Argyll And Bute Hospital , which services include Acute Admission ward, Psychiatric ICU, Rehabilitation Services, Adult Psychotherapy Services, Mental Health Outpatient Services. Also associated services Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy (Mental Health), Learning Disability Service, Advocacy Service, Clinical Psychology, Substance Misuse Team and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, which has a Community Casualty Department, Radiography Department, GP Practice, Acute/Rehabilitation Inpatient Ward, Social Work Department and AHPs, with associated services including Dementia Services, Maternity Unit, Dental and Community Nursing Service and Child Health
Sports and leisure
Mid Argyll Community Pool is a social enterprise swimming pool (20 m x 8 m)
Mid Argyll Sports Centre which has a multi use-games hall, dance studio, Squash Court, Gymnasium, CV Fitness Suite and a Resistance Room. With outdoor facilities, including full-size G2 floodlight football/hockey pitch, which can be subdivided into training pitches and 4 tennis courts, also two grass training pitches.
Lochgilphead Golf Club which has a 9-hole course, which was designed by Dr I. McCamond
Lochgilphead Bowling Club bowling green and clubhouse based at Bank Park.
Lochgilphead Library based at Manse Brae has six computers for free public use, dedicated children’s area, full disabled access and also a baby-changing facility.
Cycling There are many cycles routes in the Lochgilphead area to cater for every level, from the Crinan Canal Towpath to the purpose-built Fire Tower Mountain Bike Trail, with a long, hard forestry climb linking on to some fantastic single track which includes berms, jumps, drop-offs and a section of north shore (raised wooden platform).
Shinty MacCrae Park is the town's shinty pitch, and is home of Kilmory Camanachd Shinty Club.
Putting The Front Green is home to an 18-hole putting green, which operates seasonally.
Fishing There are lots of different fishing locations around Lochgilphead which cater for sea, river and loch fishing.
Mid Argyll Motocross Club have a track and hold events (including Scottish Championship) at Achnashelloch, Lochgilphead
Community and culture
In July 1982, Lochgilphead competed against teams from Perth and Oban in the then highly popular BBC Television It's a Knockout, presented by Stuart Hall. The town's team won their round and later competed in the international version of the series, 'Jeux Sans Frontieres', which was recorded in Switzerland.
Dalriada Provincial Mod
The town annually hosts the Dalriada Provincial Mod each September. The event is a Gaelic festival organised by the local branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach, which provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.
In the World War Two movie, 633 Squadron, Lochgilphead's main street features briefly in an aerial shot, as the bombers of 633 Squadron fly over the unnamed town en route to the target in Norway. The James Bond film From Russia with Love used locations in Lochgilphead for shots. The local cinema was used to watch screen rushes each day for the cast and crew.
Mid Argyll Music Festival
The town is one of the venues for the Mid Argyll Music Festival, which runs for around 2 weeks annually.
Lochgilphead Lantern Parade And Firework Display
This annual winter event had developed into one of the major highlights in the Argyll area, attracting crowds from near and far. However, the Lantern Parade did not occur in November 2014 after the organising committee responsible for previous events announced they would not continue in May 2014.
Invention and discovery
The Argyll Turbo GT sportscar was built by Bob Henderson in Manse Brae.
Mid Argyll Show
Lochgilphead hosts The Mid-Argyll Agricultural Show, which is a major event held annually on the second Saturday in August.
The singer Sydney MacEwan had built, and was for a time parish priest of St Margaret's Church in the town.
The footballer Neil Dewar was born in the town.
Martha Payne, the subject of a censorship controversy over a blog.
- http://www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk - The Argyllshire Advertiser for Lochgilphead and Mid Argyll news
- http://www.jsfnet.co.uk/series_1982.htm - It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières 1982 history
- "Comparative Population Profile: Lochgilphead Locality". Scotland's Census Results On-Line. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Argyllshire Advertiser". Retrieved 27 May 2015.